Forced Displacement

Days after STW has called upon supporters to write to their diplomatic misions, on November 23 diplomats from 7 European representative offices have visited al Hadidiye. They have seen the precarious living conditions now threatened by demolition orders affecting 72 people. They have heard testimonies from al Hadidiye and received a background briefing on the Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing of the Jordan Valley. (See below.)

 

Sunday October 21, the Israeli 'security' cabinet ratified the decision on a temporary freeze of the demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin community Khan al Ahmar, even if accompanied by further threats. The freeze is result of the popular steadfastness on the ground and ever growing global pressure. Israel's announcement has shown the impact we can have, but this can only be the start.

This morning bulldozers arrived again at Khan al Ahmar to pave the way to more roads to prepare for the demolition of the community. One person has been arrested, five injured.

The river and lake that have since yesterday appeared in Khan al Ahmar are stinking sewage water from the illegal settlements. See photos of the environmental crime and the gross human rights violation and harrassment here.

Since yesterday night, over 500 people are gathered at the village of Khan al Ahmar to support the community in the moment the Israeli deadline for demolition expired. Khan al Ahmar and the Palestinian people in solidarity are counting on international support.

Over 200 people gathered at Khan al Ahmar to let Israeli military know that collective struggle will defend the community from any demolitions Israel is planning. Occupation forces closed the access roads to Khan al Ahmar, nevertheless many went marching on foot to join the protest.

Never losing their sense of irony, even during daily struggle, Palestinian grassroots activists yesterday responded to Israel's leaflets ordering the people of Khan al Ahmar to destroy their own homes by distributing their own leaflets to the soldiers of Beit El military settlement.

Yesterday night, Israeli occupation forces have distributed flyers to the people of Khan al Ahmar demanding they should destroy themselves all the homes and building of the community until latest October 1. Israel’s military even offers ‘helpline’ for the people in Khan al Ahmar.

This morning Israel called in armoured bulldozers to destroy the access road to the Bedouin community. The road is already repaired and people are as determined as before to resist Israel’s ethnic cleansing.

This morning over 200 Israeli soldiers arrived with their weaponry and bulldozers to destroy the new neighbourhood of Khan al Ahmar, called Wadi al Ahmar.

Yesterday night, Palestinian activists have started yet another strategy to resist the erasure of the community of Khan al Ahmar by Israeli occupation forces: Five new structures have been built in the middle of the night just a few hundred meters from the existing structures, as a new ‘neighbourhood’. In order to demolish the structures, new legal procedures have to be started in the courts…

After Israeli courts have decided on the imminent destruction of Khan al Ahmar, the Palestinian Bedouin community located East of Jerusalem, popular resistance is building to defend the community. 

After years of resistance and a month of legal battles, as expected the Israeli courts voted in favour of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Bedouin community. In exactly one week, Khan al Ahmar is up for destruction. Click below and help us stop the demolition. 

On Monday, the Israeli High Court issued a decision to delay the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, the Palestinian Bedouin Community East of Jerusalem until July 17.

Palestinian lawyers representing the residents of Khan al-Ahmar village in the West Bank filed a petition last week, claiming that no eviction orders had been given to the residents.

The community of Khan al Ahmar and the popular resistance in Palestine has won a small but significant battle against Israeli ethnic cleansing. The occupation forces have to stop their onslaught until July 11. Your action is crucial now! 

Since yesterday, Israeli bulldozers and some 300 Israeli military and intelligence officers have started the full scale onslaught to destroy the Bedouin community of Khan el Ahmar. People are still resisting and need your support! 

The struggle for survival of the Bedouin village Khan el Ahmar - a community to be destroyed any time by Israeli bulldozers rolling in - is a national focus point for all that are every day organizing and resisting to stop Israel’s ongoing Nakba, the 70 years long ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians from their homes. To build strength and steadfastness together with the Bedouin community, on Saturday night, activists from across the West Bank came to Khan el Ahmar in solidarity.

The Palestinian community of Tana has resorted since 2017 to live in the caves in the area after their homes have been demolished over a dozen times by Israeli military. Now, Stop the Wall and partners have joined the community to transform the caves into spaces of resistance and dignified existence to allow the families a modest life of steadfastness. 

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (November 29), the Ka’abneh Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley hosted a Day in Solidarity and to Support Steadfastness. Thirty activists gathered to help the beleaguered community to finish the building of their local school, as a form of resistance to ongoing Israeli efforts to ethnically cleanse the area from Palestinian presence.

Khirbet Tana has been under Israeli attack for long in the attempt to expel the Palestinian population from their lands and colonise the areas with settlements. Challenging Israeli home demolition, residents have taken to reform and inhabit caves and are leading an inspiring struggle for dignity and rights.

With the passing of World Refugee Day on June 20th, we remember the Palestinian refugees both within the occupied territories and those dispersed around the world. At the same time resistance against the ongoing Nakba - the destruction of our homes and villages to dispossess and exile us - continues. The Sumoud Freedom Camp in the South Hebron hills is just one of our expressions of steadfastness.

The report The Palestinian Periphery is being published at a time when Israel’s settlement policy is once again in the headlines and condemned and lamented by governments and politicians across the world. This report is about the communities that are being displaced and dispossessed by Israel’s settlement project and its overall framework of colonization. It is about our people and the way Israeli policies have shaped our lives and social and political geographies.

The Palestinian Periphery shows the multifaceted methods of Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing and their impacts on our struggle, demonstrating that the people in what has become the ‘periphery’ are neither weak nor have they been historically marginalised. In fact, they have been pushed by Israel into isolation and are resisting under constant attack.

At the beginning of last week, Israeli forces have once again targeted heavily Palestinian Bedouin communities throughout the territory they control. In Um al-Hiran, in the Naqab, the demolitions have lead to the killing of a local school teacher and many injuries. In the Jordan Valley, in Khirbet at-Tawil, Israel continued its almost daily attacks against the Bedouin communities and villages located in Area C. Both cases attest to the cruel ethnic cleansing policy Israel is pursuing against the Palestinian Bedouin on both sides of the Green Line.

Israeli policies of holding military trainings in the middle of populated areas is Israel continues and has once again cost farmers their livelihoods. Every year the military organizes large scale military training on the land of the Palestinian farmers in the northern part of Jordan Valley. Usually these trainings take place during the summer, when the farmers are about to harvest their crops, but this time they started training at the beginning of the winter, when the farmers prepare the land for cultivation and plant the seeds. This means planting can’t happen and people will have nothing to harvest in the coming season.

It is 7:30 pm and the quiet has returned in the streets of Beit Ummar. The quiet, because today was a rough day and the inhabitants who left the city this morning to go to work had to go through much trouble to be able to get back. There were some tensions in Hebron. As usual.

Since a few months, the Israeli settlers are taking over more and more territory in the city. They already banned Palestinians from what they define as "their zone". 

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